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review 2016-02-19 23:13
Pants: More than just a leg covering
The Color Purple - Alice Walker

This was the first time I had read this classic despite it being on my radar for a looooong time. (I haven't seen the film either...) I have quite a few thoughts about this novel. In fact, I ended up taking notes so that I could let the story sink in a little further before I wrote up my final review.This is a story of oppression in a variety of forms. The setting is rural Georgia (although we do jump to Africa for a portion). It's written in journal format primarily by the main character, Celie, a young black woman coming into her own in the early 1900's. There are a lot of themes in this book besides oppression. One of the biggest is sexual awakening and liberation (not just sexual). Also, pants. Pants play a major role and symbolize independence, comfort, and self-sufficiency to name but a few. This book is teeming with powerful women. The strength of women is shown in a variety of forms. There is Sofia who is physically strong but is torn down by the constraints of her race. However, she learns how to build herself back up and to be better than before. There is Mary Agnes who is originally called Squeak but finds her voice in more ways than one. There's Nettie who might be my favorite as she used her chance of happiness wisely. She stayed strong in her faith not only of God but her sister. Good can happen to good people. There's Shug who can be a difficult character to like. She does what (and who) that she wants and she doesn't apologize for it which is probably the point. Women are taught that we should apologize for doing the same things men do. It is through her that happiness (and pants) makes its way into Celie's life. Then there is our main character, Celie, who had the toughest time and experienced the most growth. Spoiler alert ahead! The character goes from a frightened, sexually abused child to a confident woman in a polyamorous relationship. The book has been adapted for film, stage, and radio. Its message is a timeless one. If you haven't had the opportunity (or the inclination) to read this classic I think there's no better time than the present. :-)


PS I told you I had a lot to say. XD


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2014-10-09 00:00
Oppression and Liberty (Routledge Classics)
Oppression and Liberty (Routledge Classics) - Simone Weil --Prospects: Are we heading for the Proletarian Revolution?

--Reflections Concerning Technocracy, National-Socialism, the U.S.S.R. and Certain Other Matters
--On Lenin's book 'Materialism and Empiriocriticism'

--Reflections Concerning the Causes of Liberty and Social Oppression
--Critique of Marxism
--Analysis of Oppression
--Theoretical Picture of a Free Society
--Sketch of Contemporary Social Life

--Fragments, 1933-1938
--Critical Examination of the Ideas of Revolution and Progress
--Meditation on Obedience and Liberty
--On the Contradictions of Marxism

--Fragments, London 1943

--Is There a Marxist Doctrine?
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text 2014-07-10 23:15
Thanks to Horror After Dark!
400 Days of Oppression - Wrath James White

Thanks to Horror After Dark for running the 400 Days of Oppression giveaway.  I entered, laughing, figuring since I really wanted to read this and had it on my wish list, I wouldn't win. 


Surprise, surprise!


I want to start reading it immediately - but I don't have the USB connectors to do it until much later tonight!    But I will most likely start reading this weekend. 


Also, free lobby wifi FTW. 

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text 2014-07-02 18:31
June's Dreary Recap
The Ruins - Scott B. Smith
Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
Vision in White - Nora Roberts
400 Days of Oppression - Wrath James White
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Well June was a mixture of meh and depressing with a great big bonus of disappointment tossed in.  There was only one book that I really enjoyed and funny enough it was the one book I didn't think I'd enjoy all that much. Here's hoping I make better choice in July.


The Ruins by Scott B Smith  ***


Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya  **** 1/2


Vision in White by Nora Roberts  ** 1/2


400 Days of Oppression by Wrath James White ***


The Road by Cormac McCarthy  ****

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review 2014-06-22 12:30
400 Days of Oppression by Wrath James White
400 Days of Oppression - Wrath James White

I’d previously read Wrath James White's collaboration with Edward Lee, Teratologist, and was horrified by the depravity their two minds concocted. That book left me slightly traumatized and unable to scrub the images from my brain. So, of course, when I saw that Wrath’s newest title was classified as “dark erotica” I had to read it. 

400 Days of Oppression is very much dark erotica but it never went too far. I was prepared for something truly soul destroying and disgusting but there was nothing here that I couldn’t handle. In fact there were really only two scenes that take place on/after “the farm” that were gruesome to me (one hilarious, the other just horrific but well deserved). In all honesty, I was a little disappointed by the lack of gore and body fluids but there’s probably something wrong with me. This book isn’t being marketing as “erotic horror” for a reason.

With all that said, I’ll try to tell you a little bit about the story without giving it all away. Kenyatta is a black man who, as a young teen, fell in love with a white girl and had his heart stomped on. Kenyatta did not take this well. This vignette was so innocent and sweet and heart-wrenching that when the story flashes forward to a grown up Kenyatta it was a bit jarring. He has never forgotten that experience and when he grew up, he discovered a love and talent for the BDSM scene. He meets Natasha. Natasha is pretty, white and very insecure. She is longing for love and will do whatever it takes to win the eternal love and devotion of Kenyatta. 

Kenyatta uses a book based on slavery called “400 Days of Oppression” as a guide to torment and preach at Natasha. If she can endure everything the blacks endured during their enslavement he will marry her. All the girls before her have failed but Natasha is quite damaged when they meet and knows how to endure.  The story is fueled by sex and pain and I have to admit that it left me feeling very sad. Sad for humanity and the pain people inflict on each other, sad for Kenyatta who felt the need to do this, and sad for Natasha for needing a man so badly that she allowed it all to happen. 

This is a difficult book to rate. It is a very grueling read with little to no relief from all of the suffering. I enjoyed the implied ending but I wish it hadn’t been quite so abrupt.  I like dark stories, I like erotica, and I usually enjoy extreme love stories but this one? I don’t know, it didn’t entirely work for me on any of those levels. It has a load of darker edged sex including whippings, dub-con, f/f, attempted rape and all that stuff and though most of it was erotic and well written, it left me feeling drained and upset at both Natasha and Kenyatta.


*The FTC makes me say that I received this copy from Publsher. Naturally I reviewed it like I would any other book with honesty, sarcasm (if the mood strikes) and all personal biases firmly intact.

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